Next to Cinco Di Mayo, Day of the Dead also known as Dia de los Muertos is fast becoming a celebrated Mexican tradition in the United States! With bold and vibrant colors, artistry, food, dance, and the notion of honoring the dead, you can’t help but be intrigued. Disney’s movie Coco, which captivates the hearts of children and adults alike, but more importantly educates via animation, how meaningful this celebration is to the Latin culture……
Day of the Dead begins October 31 through November 2. Dia de los Muretos is a multi-day Mexican holiday and is celebrated in other Latin American countries. Its origin date back before Christianity. During the three days, folks honor their deceased loved ones with offerings of their favorite foods and beverages. There are festivals and parades. Family members visit cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones. They also clean and decorate the graves. Some families have alters and shrines adorned with sugar skills, candles, photos of the deceased, flowers. Its an intentional time for families to be together, tell stories about the deceased, and some dress up as the deceased. Its their belief that those 3 days the spirits of the dead return closer to the land of the living, and visit those they’ve left behind.
Day of the Dead is often marketed with Halloween in the US. To some, it is considered disrespectful. Others are actually fine with combining the holiday because it sparks curiosity. Sub-sequentially, you not only have a better understanding of the holiday, but an appreciation! Learning about other cultures is a great way to understand one another. Acknowledging your loved ones in death, as opposed to remembering them in life is a different way of revering. What’s great, about this celebration is that we can all apply it to our own family, and make it a special time to remember our own deceased family members….and more importantly be together.
From sugar skulls, face paintings, food, dancing, storytelling, check out the offerings for Dia de los Muertos around Atlanta for all ages!
Atlanta History Center
Sunday October 28, 12-5pm
Info: Visitors of all ages will learn about and experience a Day of the Dead Festival, presented in partnership with the Consul General of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture. Guests enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods, and beverages.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
November 3, 2018
Info: Join Alma Mexicana at Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a special celebration of the Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday when family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed away. Celebrate the music, movements, and costumes of Dia de los Muertos with guest performer, Alma Mexicana Danza Folklorica, an Atlanta-based dance group that presents traditional Mexican dances. Join the Imaginators on stage for a fabulous storytime with Rosita y Conchita by Erich Haeger and look for fun Dia de los Muertos crafts in our studios. If you like to dance, join the Imaginators for a Skeleton Family Dance at 12 & 3!
Day of the Dead Halloween Celebration
October 28, 2018, 8pm-midnight
The Roof at Ponce City Market
Info: Join The Roof at Ponce City Market for a special “Day of the Dead” celebration for the ages. On Saturday, October 28, guests will be transported up Ponce City Market’s historic freight elevator to the Roof where they will be greeted by festive Day of the Dead décor, complete with traditionally decorated altars. Skyline Park and Rooftop Terrace will transform from 8 p.m. to midnight and feature access to unparalleled moonlight views of Atlanta’s skyline, in addition to special food, drink and live entertainment inspired by the iconic celebration.